Veterans' Memorial Project

John Kenneth Austin

Chicago, IL

World War II

College: Applied Life Studies

Graduation Year: Attended 1941

Service Branch: Air Force

Rank: Lieutenant

Date of Birth: 09/23/1920

Date of Death: 05/08/1942

Affiliations: Psi Upsilon

Lt. Austin was the first Psi Upsilon-Omicron Chapter WWII casualty when a plane he piloted crashed in mid-air at 5,000 feet over a residential section of Phoenix, Arizona. Austin was a student in the instruction school at Luke Field and was engaged in instrument flying. Another plane approached from beneath and was not observed by Austin until just before the collision. He is buried at Beverly Cemetery, Blue Island, Illinois.

-information taken from University records and Web site above

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